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or Göt·ter·däm·mer·ung  (gŏt′ər-dăm′ə-rŭng′, gœt′ər-dĕm′ə-ro͝ong′)
A turbulent ending of a regime or an institution: "The nation had been flirting with forms of götterdämmerung, with extremes of vocabulary and behavior and an appetite for violent resolution" (Lance Morrow).

[After Götterdämmerung, , an opera by Richard Wagner, from German, twilight of the gods : Götter, genitive pl. of Gott, god (from Middle High German got, from Old High German; see gheu(ə)- in Indo-European roots) + Dämmerung, twilight (from Middle High German demerunge, from Old High German demerunga, from demar, twilight).]


(ˌɡɒtəˈdɛməˌrʊŋ; German ɡœtərˈdɛmərʊŋ)
(European Myth & Legend) German myth the twilight of the gods; their ultimate destruction in a battle with the forces of evil. Norse equivalent: Ragnarök


(ˌgɒt ərˈdæm əˌrʊŋ, -ˌrʌŋ)

2. total destruction or downfall, as or as if in a great final battle.
[1875–80; < German, =Götter, pl. of Gott God + Dämmerung twilight]


A German word meaning twilight of the gods, a time when the gods of German mythology perish in combat with the forces of evil.
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Noun1.Götterdämmerung - myth about the ultimate destruction of the gods in a battle with evilGotterdammerung - myth about the ultimate destruction of the gods in a battle with evil
myth - a traditional story accepted as history; serves to explain the world view of a people
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In recent years, however, increasing concern has been directed toward the last years of the Nazi regime, particularly as it has dawned on scholars that understanding the Goetterdaemmerung is crucial to grasping the radical ideas that drove National Socialism.